According to the Center for Disease Control studies have shown that your risk for breast cancer is due to a combination of factors. The main factors that influence your risk include being a woman and getting older. Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older. Well, isn’t that peachy? Like we don’t have another troubles like sore knees, and backs and ailing spouses? Following are some (but not all) of the risk factors. Not everyone with these will get cancer and some will get it that have no known risk factors:
- Getting older. The risk for breast cancer increases with age; most breast cancers are diagnosed after age 50.
- Genetic mutations. Inherited changes (mutations) to certain genes, such as BRCA1 and BRCA2.
- Early menstrual period before age 12
- Late or no pregnancy
- Starting menopause after age 55.
- Being overweight or obese after menopause.
- Having dense breasts. Dense breasts have more connective tissue than fatty tissue, which can sometimes make it hard to see tumors on a mammogram.
- Using combination hormone therapy. Taking hormones to replace missing estrogen and progesterone in menopause for more than five years raises the risk for breast cancer. The hormones that have been shown to increase risk are estrogen and progestin when taken together.
- Taking oral contraceptives (birth control pills).
- Personal history of breast cancer. Women who have had breast cancer are more likely to get breast cancer a second time.
- Personal history of certain non-cancerous breast diseases. Some non-cancerous breast diseases such as atypical hyperplasia or lobular carcinoma in situ are associated with a higher risk of getting breast cancer.
- Family history of breast cancer. A woman’s risk for breast cancer is higher if she has a mother, sister, or daughter (first-degree relative) or multiple family members on either her mother’s or father’s side of the family who have had breast cancer.
Take care of this simple test this month and get a $10 Walmart gift card. Call for an appointment at 1-888-233-6121. The mobile lab will be at the Rim Country Sr./Community Center on Sept. 28-29. Get this one done!
To learn more about the risks and symptoms of breast cancer visit HERE.